The Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the peaceful disposition of Governor Udom Emmanuel, saying it is an asset to both the party and Nigeria as a nation.
He stated this on Sunday while on a condolence visit over the demise of former Military Governor of the State, Air Comdr. Idongesit Nkanga (rtd.), former Nigeria’s Chief of Air State, Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok and the state Chairman of the PDP, Obong Udo Ekpenyong.
He was in the company of his Zamfara State counterpart, Governor Bello Mohammed Mutwalle.
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According to him, Governor Emmanuel has been able to re-establish peace and harmonious co-existence in Akwa Ibom State and the State has been rid of cult activities, allowing people to go about their lawful businesses freely.
“I commend Governor Udom for that, of course with the infrastructural development in the state it is really clear the imprints are all over the place. People are happy and I believe that he has done a lot of giant strides in turning around Akwa Ibom. We commend him and we are proud of him. He is a voice in this country and we expected nothing less from him. He is a man for the future,” he said.
Also speaking, the Zamfara State governor, Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said because of Governor Emmanuel’s leadership style, peace and development in the state have continued uninterrupted, something he noted others should learn from.
The governor also condoled with the people and government of the state, with whom he said, his people have become one family having joined the PDP for the first time.
“Let us put our hands together. Let us forget all our differences. Let us be preaching peace wherever we find ourselves. We have to remain together. God did not make mistake in bringing all of us in one basket as Nigeria. Let’s try to protect our country,” the Zamfara governor said.
Responding, Emmanuel thanked the duo for identifying with him and the people of the state in the season of grief, describing their visit and kind words as an expression of love which, he added, cannot be taken for granted.
He expressed the sympathy of his government to the Government and people of Sokoto state over the recent inferno in the Shehu Shagari Modern Market, popularly called New Market, in the State, which led to wanton loss of lives and properties.
He however lauded Tambuwal’s peaceful disposition and wide range of experience in leadership.
He urged his Sokoto and Zamfara counterparts to pray for peace in the various states of the federation facing various degrees of violent crimes, particularly for Zamfara which, he said, was richly endowed with naturally resources that could not be converted to benefit the common man due to distractions and other circumstances militating against good governance.